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Slovakia team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.47CET
Integral to the Czechoslovakia side which won the 1976 UEFA European Championship final against West Germany, Slovakia have now qualified for the first time as an independent nation.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.47CET

Slovakia team profile

Integral to the Czechoslovakia side which won the 1976 UEFA European Championship final against West Germany, Slovakia have now qualified for the first time as an independent nation.

Best result: winners 1976 (as Czechoslovakia); never qualified since independence
Coach: Ján Kozák
Leading scorer: all-time – Róbert Vittek (23); current – Róbert Vittek (23)
Most appearances: all-time – Miroslav Karhan (107); current – Marek Hamšík (83)
Association formed: 1938
Nickname: None
Where they play: Various

Eight of the 11 Czechoslovakian players who started the 1976 UEFA European Championship final against West Germany – and triumphed on penalties after a 2-2 draw – hailed from Slovakia, but the country took time to find its feet since it began competing as an independent state. Glory did arrive, however, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Vladimír Weiss's team not only topping their qualifying group but also knocking out holders Italy with a momentous 3-2 win at the final tournament in South Africa. Slovakia then broke their UEFA European Championship qualifying duck to reach the 2016 finals in France under coach Ján Kozák thanks largely to seven straight wins at the start of their campaign.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P124 W62 D26 L36 F213 A135
Final tournament: P8 W3 D3 L2 F12 A10
Qualifying: P116 W59 D23 L34 F201 A125

Slovakia: Top five qualifying goals

Slovakia's first three attempts to qualify for a UEFA European Championship each ended in a third-placed finish, their steady progress undermined by home defeats against Romania (twice), Portugal, England and Turkey. That trend of losing on their own turf continued in the UEFA EURO 2008 series when the Czech Republic (0-3), Germany (1-4) and Wales (2-5) inflicted heavy reverses.

Weiss's charges were brimming with confidence in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, though, when they recorded back-to-back 1-0 victories against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Russia. However, failure to score more than once in each of their ten matches, coupled with a 4-0 defeat at home to Armenia, put the brakes on an ultimately disappointing campaign – but success was to follow four years later, the highlight of their campaign a home win against holders Spain.

Memorable EURO matches
09/10/14: Slovakia 2-1 Spain

Goals from Jurak Kucka (17) and Miroslav Stoch (82) ended the holders' 36-match, eight-year unbeaten qualifying run.

07/09/10: Russia 0-1 Slovakia, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
A Miroslav Stoch goal gave Vladimír Weiss's men a memorable victory against the eventual group winners.

20/06/76: Czechoslovakia 2-2 West Germany, 5-3 on pens, 1976 UEFA European Championship final
Prague-born Antonín Panenka's penalty earned the title for a side dominated by Slovak players.

Did you know?
Jozef Čapkovič − a member of Czechoslovakia's successful 1976 squad − won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1969 alongside his twin, Ján, while at ŠK Slovan Bratislava. The brothers, however, never played together for the national side.

* Last updated on 13/10/2015

Last updated: 17/05/16 16.38CET

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 28/06/2016 11:14 CET
4 September 2014 04 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia1-0Malta
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
12/17/2015 16:23:31
8 September 2014 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Ukraine0-1Slovakia
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
08/25/2016 10:42:02
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Slovakia2-1Spain
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
05/18/2016 14:56:19
12 October 2014 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Belarus1-3Slovakia
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
06/16/2016 09:57:32
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
FYR Macedonia0-2Slovakia
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) Stadium: Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski, Skopje (MKD)
06/01/2016 14:57:26
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia2-1Finland
Referee: Markus Hameter (AUT) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
05/18/2016 14:56:19
27 March 2015 27 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Slovakia3-0Luxembourg
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
05/18/2016 14:56:21
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia1-0Czech Republic
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
12/17/2015 16:07:20
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Slovakia2-1FYR Macedonia
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
05/18/2016 14:56:21
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Spain2-0Slovakia
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Nuevo Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo (ESP)
04/08/2016 15:34:22
8 September 2015 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Slovakia0-0Ukraine
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
06/10/2016 11:10:28
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Slovakia0-1Belarus
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
05/18/2016 14:56:19
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Luxembourg2-4Slovakia
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
06/15/2016 13:43:13
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia3-2Switzerland
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
12/29/2015 11:22:34
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia3-1Iceland
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
06/02/2016 14:13:43
25 March 2016 25 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia0-0Latvia
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT) Stadium: Antona Malatinského, Trnava (SVK)
05/24/2016 13:17:10
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Republic of Ireland2-2Slovakia
Referee: not available Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
05/31/2016 15:17:11
27 May 2016 27 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia3-1Georgia
Referee: not available Stadium: ASKO Stadion, Wels (AUT)
06/04/2016 08:00:33
29 May 2016 29 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Germany1-3Slovakia
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL) Stadium: Augsburg Arena, Augsburg (GER)
06/04/2016 08:23:26
4 June 2016 04 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia0-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU) Stadium: Antona Malatinského, Trnava (SVK)
06/05/2016 13:42:50
Wales2-1Slovakia
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:48:14
Russia1-2Slovakia
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:21:15
Slovakia0-0England
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne (FRA)
06/22/2016 10:07:44
26 June 2016 26 Jun - UEFA EURO, Round of 16
Germany3-0Slovakia
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:21:16
4 September 2016 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
SlovakiaEngland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Antona Malatinského, Trnava (SVK)
08/24/2016 14:11:10
8 October 2016 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
SloveniaSlovakia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Stožice, Ljubljana (SVN)
08/24/2016 15:08:12
11 October 2016 11 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
SlovakiaScotland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Antona Malatinského, Trnava (SVK)
08/12/2016 14:20:53
11 November 2016 11 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
SlovakiaLithuania
Referee: TBD Stadium: Antona Malatinského, Trnava (SVK)
07/15/2016 01:06:07
26 March 2017 26 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
MaltaSlovakia
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:12:28
10 June 2017 10 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
LithuaniaSlovakia
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:11:36
1 September 2017 01 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
SlovakiaSlovenia
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:16:25
4 September 2017 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
EnglandSlovakia
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:56:27
5 October 2017 05 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
ScotlandSlovakia
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:19:18
8 October 2017 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
SlovakiaMalta
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 01:16:41

General info

  • Founded : 1938
  • Stadium : Tehelné Pole
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Trophy cabinet

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    13/10/2007, Slovakia 7-0 San Marino, Dubnica nad Vahom
  • Biggest defeat:
    07/06/1995, Poland 5-0 Slovakia, Zabrze
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 30
    Marek Hamšík (SVK)
  • Top scorers: 9
    Zdeněk Nehoda (TCH)
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